Drew Brees optimistic about contract despite Saints' “stressful” offseason
Quarterback Drew Brees reckons it has been a “stressful” offseason for the New Orleans Saints. However, the NFL veteran is optimistic about reaching a long-term contract with the New Orleans Saints before the team opens their training camp; which happens in late July.
Drew Brees has spent the past couple of months fussing about a new and improved contract with the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, the Saints battled a bounty scandal and suspension of coaches and players.
“This has been a stressful offseason in a lot of ways,” Drew Brees said during an interview on Tuesday in Manhattan. “There's been a lot of distractions for everybody. I'm not using that as an excuse, other than just stating it as fact. That has delayed things quite a bit.
Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints failed to agree upon the terms of a new contract for the quarterback. This forced the New Orleans Saints to place Drew Brees on a franchise tag when the offseason started.
During the last couple of months, speculation about New Orleans Saints offering Drew Brees a new contract has been in the air. However, Drew Brees confirmed in a news conference earlier this month that he hasn’t agreed to any contract with the New Orleans Saints just yet.
“Here we are almost in the month of July, training camp's just around the corner, no contract yet,” Drew Brees said. “So there's still work to be done. I feel there's been progress made over the last few weeks, but there's still a ways to go. I'm hopeful that it will happen sooner than later.”
Drew Brees, who was found in Manhattan making an appearance for PACE (Protecting Athletes through Concussions Education) on Tuesday, believes that New Orleans Saints will be able to pull themselves out of the infamous bounty scandal.
Presently, Drew Brees’ teammates Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, and former Saints Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove are waiting for a response from NFL for the appeals they filed in earlier this month.
Jonathan Vilma, who filed a defamation lawsuit against the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been suspended for the entire 2012 season. His teammate Will Smith has been suspended for four games. Anthony Hargrove, who plays for the Green Bay Packers now, has been suspended for eight games. Scott Fujita, who now plays for the Cleveland Browns, received a three game suspension.